NYC Board Games Meetup - 5/15/08
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We were placed on the main floor this time. Sure, lighing isn't as good down there, but that's more than made up for with the ability to easily get in and out of one's seat! Plus, the NG staff were kind enough to add two tables in the video game area, so seating was never an issue.

Another big crowd this week with what appeared to be nearly 50 people!
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1. Board Game: Monopoly Express [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6919]
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This is basically Can't Stop with a Monopoly theme. Matt started his first two turns with a $500 + Chance and never looked back. I finished the big big loser by busting out on all of my turns except the first. Oops.
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2. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1200]
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I acquired this in a Math trade 6 weeks ago and was glad to finally try it out now. I loved the role selection and bluffing elements of the game, as well as how the detective is a catch-up mechanism. I spent the entire game in first place and Matt right on my heels after a slow start by him. However, Matt and my xollections were decimated by a pair of last-turn thieves, vaulting Belinda into victory by one point.
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3. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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One of two card games I've been interested in but never tried until now. Also my first try of the "-retto" series.

I loved it. This game gave me a little bit of a Medici vibe, only meaner. We played two games.
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4. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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The other new card game for me to try, and I was not disappointed.

Jeanette won both easily by collecting large sets of sequential cards. The second game, for instance, found her with the 13-20 and 6 chips at the end.
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5. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:729]
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My most played game of recent. I'm starting to hone in my strategy and ended the trend of finishing worse and worse every game which is nice.

For most of the game, red or black would be worth 4+ and silver and gold worth 0 or 1. This wasn't particularly helpful considering I garnered a good supply of silver and gold seals. Towards the end of the game, I traded all my banners, then put as many buildings and hoarded as many neutral workers as I could. On my last turn, I had 4 workers of my color and 5 neutrals and managed to close out 4 buildings, thus increasing gold's value from 2 to 6. It paid off when I cashed in 68 points at the end of the game and won by only 10.
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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After being conspicuously low profile last meetup, RftG rose in popularity last night with multiple games played simultaneously all night.

I managed to get in a game at the end of the night--my first since ConnCon late March. Though my opening hand was garbage, I got the seeds for a great mining strategy that, before long, gave me a ridiculous produce/consume cycle. Each Produce would give me 3 goods and four cards, followed by an 8-point consume plus another card draw. I wasn't comfortable with my layout because Robert had an equally good Novelty layout and he was drawing even more cards with the produce phase I gave him. He also had many scary 6-cost developments out.

At the game end, my 54 points (my highest RftG score ever) beat out Robert's 51. The other players, Steef and Connor, just couldn't seem to get the cards and finished in the 30s.
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7. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Six players started setting this up at 8 and I bet the only way they would finish before closing is if they lost very very badly. Color me surprised when they finished victoriously at 11!
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8. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:561]
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Dave broke out his copy of Bluff. It looked like some people used it to settle down after Arkham Horror.
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9. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
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Steef (did I spell that right?) and Co. played this older version of Cosmic Encounter.
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10. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:526]
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I saw some people playing this in one of the more well-lit corners of the room at the end of the night.
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Will there ever be a meetup where this is not played?
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12. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6632]
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Looney Labs oldie.
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13. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
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I like two-player games and little wooden cubes, so I've been meaning to try this one out.

I'm not sure who played it, but even from across the room and in low lighting the game looks cool.
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14. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:28]
David Greene
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I saw this being played.
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15. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:533] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Chris Dieckmann
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Hi this was my 1st meeting, I brought a few games with me including this one. Played a 6 player game which ended up being very tight. Humans managed to squeak a win in the basic scenario after losing nurse becky thanks to a very kick ass priest. Looking forward to returning on the 6th.
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16. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1085]
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Brought and played this as well
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17. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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Started with this one, as a warm-up. Also lent it out to some orphan gamers.
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